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I come from
my mommy and my daddy
and all of my family in between

I come from
the sarcasm sung in my mom’s laughter
shedding light on the shadows of despair

I come from
the roar of my dad’s helpless screams
at the Michigan football game on ESPN

I come from
forts made by my brother out of bed sheets
in the early hours of reckless youth

I come from
the strum of my uncle’s acoustic guitar
playing by the campfire at Aunt Alice’s cottage

I come from
the sun soaked skin of my cousins
colored on in a sticky popsicle design

I come from
the hard work of my grandpa
who built himself up from a solider to a leader

I come from
the unconditional love my grandma has
for me and all things Mickey Mouse

I come from
a muddy brown painted house
on the unpretentious street of Cliffwood Road



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LaceeJade This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 14, 2012 at 7:06 pm:
I enjoyed this:) Keep writting. Your good:)
 
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Dec. 30, 2011 at 7:27 am:
It's very soulful and gritty, I enjoy reading this, it almost seems like you could sing it! It's very truthful, and reminds me about what family is - what we come from. thank you so much for this poem, I was a little surprised in the third stanza until I read the second line. I love the ending, it raps it all up beautifully.
 
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